OCZ debuts Agility 4 solid-state drives

In recent years, OCZ seems to have eased the frantic pace of its SSD releases. The company is still churning out new drives on a fairly regular basis, though. The latest new model is the Agility 4, a "value-oriented" 2.5-inch drive based on the Indilinx Everest 2 controller.

That same Everest 2 controller also powers OCZ’s Vertex 4 drive. As we learned last month, though, the controller is actually re-branded Marvell silicon driven by OCZ’s own, proprietary firmware… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

In any case, the new Agility looks rather decent. The drive features "2Xnm" flash, 6Gbps SATA, a three-year warranty, and transfer rates as high as 400MB/s for both sequential reads and sequential writes. Only the 256GB and 512GB drives reach those top speeds, though. OCZ says the 128GB model only writes at 300MB/s, and the 64GB Agility 4 has top read and write speeds of 300MB/s and 200MB/s, respectively.

Sadly, the company’s official announcement doesn’t quote prices. Based on its specs, though, I’d expect the Agility 4 to slot in under the Vertex 4. That would mean pricing somewhere below $149.99 for a 128GB drive.

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    • Coulda
    • 7 years ago

    Hmm…I was thinking of buying Agility 3 128 ($94.99 after $15 MIR). Is there any reason to prefer new Agility 4 over 3? The same site lists Agility 4 128 for $149.98 (but not in stock yet).

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      The Agility 3 will probably be both faster (for compressible data at least) and cheaper, since it uses the Sandforce 2 controller. The flip-side is the reliability issues surrounding the Sandforce 2 drives, which you can read up on.

      In reality, this drive isn’t meant for you- the Vertex 4, on which this drive is based, was tuned especially for server loads; in desktop loads it’s still more than fast, but not as fast as the class-leading Samsung 830, as well as some of the newer Marvell-based drives, and OCZ’s own Vertex/Agility 3.

      Overall, the Samsung 830 is the top pick if you can find it on sale (or stomach whatever price it’s going for today), and if you need something inexpensive, Crucial’s rock-solid M4 (Marvell-based) is still an excellent choice for desktop computing.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]As we learned last month, though, the controller is actually re-branded Marvell silicon driven by OCZ's own, proprietary firmware... not that there's anything wrong with that.[/quote<] Except when a company attempts to obfuscate about it deliberately. In which case, yeah, there's something wrong, but not with the controller.

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      What’s wrong with these drives?

      OCZ customized the firmware with Indilinx technology, which itself is pretty good. The Marvell controller has shown that it has massive potential on the SATA3 bus and is now essentially bullet-proof. The real issue is that OCZ tuned these drives more for server workloads than desktop workloads, making them less competitive when sold at the same price as competing drives.

        • Duck
        • 7 years ago

        This is a new Marvel controller so it’s far from bullet proof. OCZ did the entire design, from hardware to firmwere to validation, in like a month. Pretty scary stuff.

          • Airmantharp
          • 7 years ago

          Newly released? Sure. Tweak of a winning design? Absolutely.

          Indilinx’s original controllers were great, for being the first ones on the block with Trim support. Stable, at least. The preceding Marvell controller? Most popular controller out there, and in drives with the least amount of failures.

          Honestly, for what they’ve designed it for, the Vertex 4 looks like a winning combination, and the reviews back that up. Sadly that’s not for the desktop though.

            • Duck
            • 7 years ago

            “preceding” means comes before. You don’t make much sense.

            Marvel announced a new higher performance SSD controller and the vertex 4 was announced a month later.

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            Re-read what I wrote, and I assure you it says what I meant to say.

            The controller used in the Crucial C300 and then the improved M4 preceded the controller now used in the Vertex/Agility 4. Not sure where you went wrong there.

            Point being, it’s an improved version of an already extremely successful controller, not a new controller altogether, and it’s running firmware developed by people who had already put out their own extremely successful controller.

            Why is that hard to understand?

            • Duck
            • 7 years ago

            “Indilinx’s original controllers [….] The preceding marvel controller”

            You write the marvel controller that preceded Indilinx’s original controller. That’s where you went wrong.

            Also as I already said, I think it’s a new controller with new firmware. All designed and validated in about a month. Why is that hard to understand?

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            Still wrong, and talking about two different things. Go reading comprehension!

            • Duck
            • 7 years ago

            It’s not wrong. Learn to speak more clearly so there isn’t this confusion in future.

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    [url<]http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/display/ocz-vertex-4.html[/url<]

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      Missing Samsung.

    • Goty
    • 7 years ago

    Why would I want to buy one of these when I can grab a Samsung 830 for under $1/GB when it goes on sale every other week?

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 7 years ago

      Because of OCZ’s legendary reliability?

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Because of OCZ’s legendary Customer Care?

          • Airmantharp
          • 7 years ago

          Thumbs up for comedy!

      • thanatos355
      • 7 years ago

      The 256 gig 830 is on sale at NewEgg for the next two days for $219.99 (usd) with code EMCYTZT1682. Making it just shy of 86ยข/gig.

      ~edit: fact check and correction~

        • ew
        • 7 years ago

        So tempting.

      • DancinJack
      • 7 years ago

      Maybe it’ll be priced at $0.50/GB.

      • SecretMaster
      • 7 years ago

      Because of OCZ’s legendary reputation with regards to customer service.

    • Rand
    • 7 years ago

    One assumes it’s identical to the Vertex 4 just with Asynchronous NAND, as was the case with Agility 3/Vertex 3.
    Given how marginal the price difference is likely to be I’m dubious it’ll be worthwhile, except maybe at the 512GB capacity.

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